Above: Clare College and Bridge, Cambridge, England, Between 1890 and 1900
Image Source = Library of Congress
Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsc-08080
ROBERT SEAGRAVE (NOVEMBER 22, 1693-CIRCA 1759)
Anglican Priest and Hymn Writer
Robert Seagrave (1693-circa 1759), son of an Anglican priest also named Robert Seagrave, attended and graduated from Clare College, Cambridge. In 1715, the year following his commencement, he took Anglican Holy Orders. Eventually our saint became involved in the nascent Methodist movement, which was not yet a denomination or group of denominations. From 1731 to 1746 he wrote a series of pro-Methodist pamphlets. Sometimes Seagrave preached at George Whitefield’s Tabernacle also. And, from 1730 to 1750, our saint was the Sunday evening lecturer at Loriners’ Hall, London. (The Worshipful Company of Loriners, an equestrian and charitable organization dating to 1261, had originally been a trade organization for makers of metal parts for harnesses, bridles, spurs, and other horse apparel.)
Seagrave published fifty original texts in Hymns for Christian Worship (1742). I found one of these in an old hymnal and others online. Here are a few of his hymns:
- “Now May the Spirit’s Holy Fire;”
- “Rise, My Soul, and Stretch Thy Wings” (in an old hymnal and online); and
- “Cease, Ye Pilgrims, Cease to Mourn.”
Seagrave died circa 1759.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
OCTOBER 16, 2014 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF ALL CHRISTIAN MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
THE FEAST OF FRANCIS POTT, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER AND TRANSLATOR
THE FEAST OF HUGH LATIMER, NICHOLAS RIDLEY, AND THOMAS CRANMER, ANGLICAN MARTYRS
Dear God of beauty,
you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to
Robert Seagrave and others, who have composed hymn texts.
May we, as you guide us,
find worthy hymn texts to be icons,
through which we see you.
In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 44:1-3a, 5-15
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
APRIL 20, 2013 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF SAINTS AMATOR OF AUXERRE AND GERMANUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; SAINT MAMERTINUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT; AND SAINT MARCIAN OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK
THE FEAST OF JOHANNES BUGENHAGEN, GERMAN LUTHERAN PASTOR
THE FEAST OF SAINT MARCELLINUS OF EMBRUN, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP
THE FEAST OF OLAVUS AND LAURENTIUS PETRI, RENEWERS OF THE CHURCH